With three decades of experience in the cable industry, Mr. Pistacchio is responsible for driving Lightpath's growth as the premier provider of data, Internet, voice and video transport solutions and managed services for mid-sized and larger businesses across the New York metropolitan area. He joined Lightpath in 2005 and guided the company as it switched its entire offering to Metro Ethernet services delivered over its fully-fiber optic Intelligent Enterprise Network. This "game-changing" move has resulted in accelerated business growth and significant industry recognition.
Under Mr. Pistacchio's leadership, Lightpath has received numerous awards including Frost & Sullivan's North American Ethernet Service Emerging Company of the Year (2008), Heavy Reading's Ethernet Service Provider of the Year for Regional Innovation (2007) and the Metro Ethernet Forum's (MEF) Best North American Regional Service Provider of the Year (2007). In 2006, Lightpath was one of the first service providers in the world to earn Carrier Ethernet certification from the MEF.
Prior to joining Lightpath, Mr. Pistacchio served in several senior executive positions in Information Technology throughout Cablevision and Rainbow Media including EVP & CIO. He played a key role in developing technologies that enabled the launch of Cablevision's advanced digital product offerings including iO: Interactive Optimum, Optimum Online and Optimum Voice. Mr. Pistacchio's leadership was also instrumental in the development of the industry's first self-installation model for digital services, as well as deployment of the advanced systems that supported the company's growth.
Prior to joining Cablevision in 1994, Mr. Pistacchio held a number of management positions in both business operations and information technology at a number of companies including Continental Cablevision of Massachusetts.
Senior Vice President, Operations and CTO
Christopher Rabii is the Senior Vice President of Operations and CTO responsible for all activities related to network design and customer operations. In this role, he leads construction, engineering, field operations, provisioning and service delivery, inclusive of network maintenance and monitoring. He also drives the company's award-winning customer-service strategy and guides the overall strategic vision for the evolution of the network architecture.
Prior to joining Lightpath, Mr. Rabii held various management positions over the course of nearly ten years at AboveNet Communications, based in White Plains, NY. Most recently, as Vice President of Engineering at AboveNet, Mr. Rabii had overall engineering responsibility for all metro, long-haul and IP networks.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Rabii was a research and development Project Manager in the area of fiber-optic laser delivery methods at Premier Laser Systems, a medical device manufacturer based in Irvine, CA.
Mr. Rabii earned a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering, an M.S. in Ceramic and Materials Engineering and a Ph.D. in Ceramic and Materials Engineering, with a focus in Fiber Optics from Rutgers University.
Senior Vice President, Business Planning, Intercarrier and Administration
Joe Caruso is the senior financial executive responsible for financial reporting, business analysis and overseeing the development of long-term business plans, budgets and forecasts.
Mr. Caruso is also responsible for carrier relations, including interconnection and related regulatory matters between Lightpath and other telecommunication carriers, as well as a number of administrative and internal control functions.
Mr. Caruso joined Lightpath in 1994 and has contributed to the company's expansion into new regions and products. He initially joined the Cablevision Systems Corporation new business development team in 1990.
Prior to joining Lightpath, Mr. Caruso held finance positions with CIBC's investment banking division and the Paramount Communications business development department. He earned a B.S. in finance and an M.B.A. in finance and accounting from Fordham University.
Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer
As Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, Ms. McGrath leads strategic marketing, product and business development activities. In this role, she fosters company growth and oversees product development to bring innovative, Ethernet-based telecommunications services to the New York metro area market. This includes implementing programs that integrate the voice of the customer in product planning and design.
Ms. McGrath brings a broad range of diverse cable and telecommunications experience to her role at Lightpath. She joined the company in 2008, following five years with Cablevision Systems Corporation in various senior-level management positions.
Prior to joining Cablevision, Ms. McGrath was co-owner operator of overbuild cable television company Wide Open West. Throughout her career, Ms. McGrath has held numerous management positions in sales, business development, marketing and operations for Time Warner Cable, TCI and DirecTV.